LEWISTON, Maine - Playing against some of the top competition in New England, the Plymouth State College women's volleyball team finished with a 1-3 record Friday and Saturday at the Bates College Invitational.
The Panthers, who entered the tournament with a 10-3 record and ranked eighth in New England, dropped the opening match Friday night in three games to the host Bates College, which is ranked third in New England. In the first consolation round match, PSC was defeated in four games by perennial Little East Conference and New England power Eastern Connecticut.
Plymouth State picked up its only win in the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Bowdoin College, and rounded out its participation in the tourney with a 3-0 loss to defending LEC champion Western Connecticut.
The 16-team tournament was captured by Wellesley College, which is the No. 1 ranked team in New England. Five of the eight teams in the NCAA New England region were at the event: Wellesley (1), Bates (3), Springfield (4), Williams (6), and PSC (8).
The tandem of sophomore Carin LaValley (Northfield, NH) and freshman Becky Landry (Nashua, NH) continue to lead the Panthers. LaValley posted a team-high 39 kills and 34 digs in the tournament, and Landry contributed 34 kills, nine digs and a team-high nine blocks in PSC's four matches.
PSC got the usual strong defensive effort from senior Stephanie Spiridakis (Belmont, NH). She recorded a team-best 43 digs in the tournament, accumulating at least a dozen digs in three of the four matches. Sophomore setter Jessie O'Hearn (Tilton, NH) ran the offense, averaging 22.8 assists per match in the tournament.
The Panthers, 11-6 overall, return home for an LEC contest at Foley Gymnasium Tuesday (Oct. 3) against UMass Dartmouth (6 p.m.) before more tournament action next weekend (Oct. 6-7) at the Eastern Connecticut Invitational in Willimantic, Conn.